Poor first half shooting doomed Manhattan Christian College Tuesday night, as Central Christian College rolled to a 76-57 home victory.

Poor first half shooting doomed Manhattan Christian College Tuesday night, as Central Christian College rolled to a 76-57 home victory. The Crusaders shot only 33 percent from the field at the Ed Pyle Sport Complex in the first half, which allowed Central Christian to out-pace MCC 34-24 at the break. Central (4-0) wouldn’t let up on the accelerator when play resumed, as they were 15-of-33 from the field and held the Crusaders to 42 percent shooting on their way to the win. Central proved their speed, as the Tigers out-paced Manhattan Christian 12-0 on fast break points. Further, Central had an 8-6 advantage in second chance points. The Tigers also took better advantage of turnovers, outscoring the Crusaders 11-5. “Manhattan is a grind-you-out team that executes extremely well, and I feel we did a much better job executing on the defensive side of the basketball,” head coach Tony Romero said. Central’s bench played a large role in the victory, chipping in with 23 points. “We had several guys contribute in a number of different ways,” Romero said. “We still have a lot of work to do on offense, but I am confident we will get there.” Kaelon Gary paced the Tigers with 19 points in 33:29 minutes of play Tuesday. Chris Jones chipped in 14 points and Scott Brooks had 11 from Central. Aaron Miller dished out 11 assists in the Tiger victory. Central has a chance to rest up, as their next game is Saturday evening against Johnson and Wales University. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. at the Ed Pyle Sports Complex. Central Christian — Cannon 2 5-7 9; Jones 5 4-5 14; Miller 0 1-4 1; Gary 6 4-4 19; Brooks, Scott 4 0-0 10; Quant 2 0-0 6; Brooks, Troy 2 0-0 5; Rojas 1 1-2 4; Jackson 4 0-0 8. Manhattan Christian — Ruis 5 0-0 15; Hammack 4 4-5 12; Penner 2 0-0 6; Morrow 1 0-0 2; Childers 1 0-2 2; Camacho 1 0-0 2; Dobbins 0 2-2 2; Doerksen 2 0-0 4; Jackson 2 0-0 4; Birtell 2 0-1 4; Chiasm 2 0-0 4.